A model for teaching elastic framesA demonstration model was designed, produced and successfully tested in the classroom and in public scientific demonstrations to help in understanding the way elastic frames deform. The model consists of a two-story, one-bay planar frame, which can be deformed by applying a concentrated force at different positions. This force is measured (through a load transducer) and transmitted to a computer, which calculates the structure’s deformation (through linear elastic analysis) in real time and displays its deformed shape on a monitor. The user of the model can compare the real deformation to the calculated one and qualitatively assess the validity of linear elastic analysis.
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- Misseroni, D., Bigoni, D., Dal Corso, F. (2014)
A model for teaching elastic frames
Journal of Materials Education, 36 (5-6), 169-174.
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